n my laboratory I age Briarwood logs for a period of 2 to 3 years. Briarwood is the essential element used in pipemaking; the essence of the pipe itself and my wanting the best quality pipes are important for two reasons:

  • the first and maybe not outwardly visible is the genuineness of the product to be used. In fact, the aging and storing of the Briarwood, together with a special boring technique that I have developed during my experience, doesn't permit umidity or annoying drizzling to form when the tobacco is burned. This helps those, who like me, heat the pipe a lot while smoking in order to enjoy the tobacco. Briarwood can therefore tolerate high temperatures caused by "nervous" smokers, such as cigarette smokers, without forming umidity.
  • he second instead is exterior and that is to add to the genuineness of the product the beauty of the wood flames or birdseye, or sandblasts that show the intrinsic quality of the wood; the ashes that develop in the bowl are almost like a "spiderweb".
Briar wood

Therefore there cannot be a real perfection both extrinsic and intrinsic if the raw material isn't the best. There are different types of Briarwood logs, but only an excellent quality can balance both the aspects described above. I mainly use Briarwood from Northern Italy that has been aged for at least 2 to 3 years. I have also begun using alternative woods that are extremely interesting for their potential aromas, such as Olivewood and Arbute. With these I make smooths, sandblasts and rusticates.

Briar wood